Regina used her mobility cart to get thru high school

Regina graduated from the University of the Philippines!!

Mobility Worldwide MO-Columbia Update: built since 1-1-16 #1,159

A wonderful e-mail came this week, but let me start from the beginning. In 2003 we sent a PET to Regina Iglesia in the Philippines who has Pseudo arthritis (false joint). We received this letter:

“I’m Regina Iglesia, a user of a PET. I am 13 years old and a first year high school student. I want you to know that I am so grateful to have the PET. It is really a great help. I use it going to church to celebrate the Eucharist and in going to other places to visit relatives. I am so happy to have the PET because now I can get out with the public.

Even though many people look at me I don’t bother them anymore. I realize they are just looking at me because they are curious and want to know what happened to me. They also take time to look because of the cute and extraordinary PET you gave me. It’s just proof that everyone appreciates the PET.

Most of all I want to express my gratitude for the PET and hope you can help more people. I also hope more people will become donors for this project.” – Regina Iglesia (At this link, see her picture and father’s letter as you scroll down.)


Through the years we received photos showing her graduating at the head of her high school class, standing on her crutches and wearing a white graduation robe. Her father reported in 2008 “…After her graduation in the secondary school, she decided to have her left leg amputated. She now uses a prosthetic leg to aid her in walking…”Today we received this e-mail from her father:

“Hi, Mel! This is Regina Iglesia’s father whom you gave a PET. She graduated magna cum laude at the University of the Philippines. She is now an architect, and she is number 5 in the Master Plumber exam. The PET you gave her is now being used by our parish to carry our Lady of Penafranca.” – Noly Iglesia.


“Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” – Aesop, 6th century B.C….

Mel West, Director Emeritus
PET MO–Columbia, Inc.

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